Manchester-Essex Woodlands

Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Manchester-Essex Woodlands

Manchester-Essex Woodlands Professional Review and Guide

"After taking a 0.15-mile boardwalk across a cedar swamp teeming with life, this hike explores granite hills, an old cart road, and bogs dense with bayberry, maples, and blueberries. Set out on the crushed-gravel road (Old School Road) heading southwest beyond a metal gate barring vehicle access.

Crossing this spectacular long footbridge, you’ll see a rich array of birds, insects, and wildflowers. Close to the opposite bank, the boardwalk widens to include a lookout platform. Below that are steps to a dock at water level. After enjoying the view, and perhaps stopping to apply some bug spray, continue west to the boardwalk’s end."

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Trail Information

Essex
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.75
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2.5-3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Wildflowers
Features
Manchester–Essex Conservation Trust, mect.org 978-890-7153
Local Contacts
A map is posted at a kiosk at the parking area. You can also get one from the Manchester–Essex Conservation Trust, mect.org
Local Maps